Fans flock east for folk festival in Linlithgow

Renowned folk artist Emily Smith
Renowned folk artist Emily Smith
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Falkirk folkies and traditional music fans will head east to Linlithgow next month to see star turns like Emily Smith live on stage.

The award-winning singer and instrumentalist is the headline act for this year’s Linlithgow Folk Festival, which runs from September 9 to 13.

BBC Radio 2 has hailed Emily as “one of Scotland’s most distinctive voices – exquisite and uplifting” while other critics have called her “Scotland’s most impressive songwriter”.

She has launched her fifth album, Echoes, and will be performing tracks from that and her back catalogue at the headline concert on Saturday, September 12.

Emily is just one of the highlights in the five-day celebration of traditional music, dance and song. The folk festival was first staged in the town back in 1999 and is now firmly established on the music scene.

Main events which have become something of a tradition over the past 17 years include musical cruises on the canal, the family ceilidh at the Vennel, the Hub at the Masonic Hall, the Bluegrass concert and Gospel session and the outdoor Nora Devine Stage at the Cross.

Festival organisers are not resting on their laurels, however. There will be several innovations this year, including a Blues Night and a children’s show, featuring young talent from near and far.

Murdoch Kennedy said: “We are trying to keep things fresh, as well as continuing to raise the bar. This year, various new events will be taking place, along with all the old favourites.

“There is something for everyone over the five days of the Festival and we are encouraging as many people as possible to come along and get involved. We are hoping to add in other events in the build-up to the Festival, bringing new venues into play and are confident that this year’s event will be the biggest and best yet.”

Full details of the programme can be found in the 12-page Folk Festival guide, available at the Burgh halls and other local outlets or you can call 01506 282720 or visit www.linlithgowfolk.com for tickets and more information.